Dharma Master Cheng Yen was born in 1937 in a small town in Taichung County, Taiwan. When she was twenty-three years old, she left home to become a Buddhist nun, and was instructed by her mentor, Venerable Master Yin Shun, to work “for Buddha’s teachings, for sentient beings.” In 1966, she founded a charity, which later turned into the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, to “help the poor and educate the rich”—to give material aid to the needy and inspire love and humanity in both givers and recipients.
In recent years, Master Cheng Yen’s contributions have been increasingly recognized by the global community. In 2011, she was recognized with the Roosevelt Institute’s FDR Distinguished Public Service Award and was named to the 2011 TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2014, she was presented with Rotary International’s Award of Honor in recognition of her humanitarian efforts and contributions to world peace.
The Loss of the Golden Feathers is the third title of the children’s book series: Master Cheng Yen Tells Stories. This book contains a collection of three stories: “The Woman and the Wolfhound,” “The Greedy Couple,” and “The Loss of the Golden Feathers.” Each of these stories is brought to life through colorful illustrations and it teaches children wholesome values based on the Master’s teachings: Resist temptation that arises from our greediness, and treat living beings with compassion.
“The Loss of the Golden Feathers” is a story about a woman and her three daughters led a very tough life. A goose covered in golden feathers came before them,“You can pluck some of my feathers and sell them.” They pulled out a few of his feathers and made lots of money. One day, the woman said, “What if this golden goose stopped coming? How would we get by? Let’s pluck out all his feathers.”Would the goose lose all his feathers?
With easy-to-understand bilingual text (Traditional Chinese with pinyin and English), this book helps non-Chinese readers to learn Chinese and Chinese readers to learn English.